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I really liked the article, especially when you discussed career paths for teenagers. When I was in high school, it was hammered home to me every day that I needed to go to university in order to make something of my life. But I didn't. Not right away, anyway. I also drifted a bit and experienced many interesting things I wouldn't have been privy to otherwise (butchery, making coffee, planting trees, working at a farmer's market, starting work at 5am.) Like you say, it's not for everyone, but it's neat to see that other people take this trajectory and things work out okay.

Allen Dexter

Good analysis and advice. Thanks for the line on teenskepchick. I wasn't aware of that site.

I'm in my seventies and not a teen anymore, but I sympathize with teens and their problems if they happen to be thinkers and not blind followers.

If I had some wealth, I'd certainly help with things like scholarships. No better use could be made of money. A good ecucation opens up so many avenues to young people. We need all the thinking youth we can find in our university system.

Allen Dexter

Just wanted to let you know that I'm one of those who checks your blog, usually more than once a day, to see if there is anything new.

I think you're one of the best bloggers and writers around. Keep up the good work.

Why do you think writing and speaking about atheism, skepticism, and LGBT issues is important?


I write and speak about LGBT issues because terrible, real-world harm is done by homophobia/ biphobia/ transphobia. I write and speak about atheism because I think religion isn’t just mistaken—I think it does harm, terrible harm, significantly more harm than good, and I would like to see the world let go of it. And I write and speak about skepticism because I care about reality. I think reality is, by definition, more important and more interesting than anything we could make up about it. And I think skepticism is the best method we have of understanding reality.

This is in fact the correct answer.

You rock, Greta.


I wanted to say thanks for the input on floating from job to job. I just finished my first year of college, but I still have no idea what I'm going to try to be. It's great knowing that someone I admire so much didn't stick to the one-straight-path idea that everyone keeps pushing on me. Everyone in my life keeps telling me I have to find some well-paying career immediately after I graduate (I'll only be 21!) and stick with it. It's good hearing from people who followed a different system--one that sounds much more enjoyable, too! I don't know what I want to be, but hopefully I can find some experiences just as interesting as yours.

Danish Atheist

Hehe ... I recommend floating, too. I was sick of school after high school, so I "floated" off to the US for a year, worked odd jobs (on the Bang and Olufsen factory I had several odd jobs :), had a kid, and finally got an education in computing.

I am glad I took my time - I could have used even more time, actually, and if I regret anything, it is that I didn't float around a bit longer.


You mention, in one of the first questions, questioning your belief of an immaterial soul. Have you ever thought about/wondered about/believed in a material soul? Something inside, or part of, the brain or some other part that is our "conscience" or something?

Ashley Grace

This sounds like me. I hated high school but did well in it. I didn't go to college because I didn't know what I wanted to do, still don't! I love to shop! Too bad they didn't gossip in this interview about Justin Bieber. :)

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